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Although Capital Law LLP saw the departures of several figures, including most recently Sara Griffiths, who joined Loosemores Solicitors in January 2017, the firm still handles a significant amount of work in the area and can call on practitioners from other practice areas including corporate and commercial, and employment where necessary. Wayne Beynon and Nicola McNeely bring considerable IP knowledge to bear on media and entertainment matters; McNeely advised US company Tiny Rebel Games on numerous matters relating to the launch of the new Doctor Who game. Associate Jennifer Cottle, who joined the firm in September 2016 from Dolmans has significant expertise, particularly in the sports arena. Clients include Handmade Films, Orchard Media and International Greetings UK.

The ‘excellent’ team at Geldards LLP is well versed in handling a wide array of media and entertainment matters for private and public sector clients including National Library of Wales, Royal Voluntary Service and Arts Council of Wales. ‘Professional and skilled’ senior associate Owen Evans continues to advise Wales Millennium Centre on issues relating to the Festival of Voice, and advised numerous town and regional authorities, including Barry Town Council, on the funding of arts and entertainment venues in the light of tighter budgets. The team also advises on media and entertainment issues pursuant to Finance Wales’ investments in the sector; recent work included due diligence and transactional support on its acquisition of software company Blurrt. Senior associate Karen Collins regularly handles media and entertainment-related commercial contract matters, including advising Royal Voluntary Service on the licensing of the use of its historic WVS logos on uniforms in the new ITV wartime drama serial The Halcyon. Ceri Delemore is noted for her expertise on rights licensing and collaborative projects, and also has a niche specialism for work in the software industry.

Now headed by the ‘approachable and very commercial’ Mark Loosemore following his arrival in April 2016, Loosemores Solicitors provides ‘excellent capability in media and entertainment, fashioned through highly informed, very commercial insight’. Loosemore is particularly strong in the sports field and has vast experience in sports-related media agreements. The team was further strengthened by the arrival in January 2017 of Sara Griffiths from Capital Law LLP. Having also worked in-house at S4C, Griffiths is ‘particularly thorough, knowledgeable and reliable in drafting complex co-production film and television financing and production agreements’. Clients include Football Association of Wales, Ffos Las Racecourse and Black Sheep Industries.

Aled Walters heads Hugh James’s media and entertainment team following his arrival from MLM Cartwright in November 2016. Formerly in-house at S4C, Walters has first-hand experience within a major media organisation where he was responsible for drafting commercial contracts with Welsh Rugby Union and Welsh FA. Walters handles corporate and commercial matters within the betting, gaming, TV and media industries, including IP licensing arrangements and co-production agreements. The practice recently advised Cwmni Da on the content of its S4C documentary on Gordon Anglesea, and acted for Novomatic in securing a licensing deal with Endemol and Warner Bros to use the "Batman" brand and content in gaming machines worldwide. The ‘analytical and extremely bright’ Tracey Singlehurst-Ward has significant media expertise, particularly in relation to defamation matters. Other clients include Avanti Media, Cube and Bell-Fruit.

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